Pit bull bites Robeson County vet in the face after rabies shot

Dr. David Earl Brooks of Pembrokes Veterinary Hospital prior to the attack during a rabies clinic. Photo provided by Dr. Sonya Chavis

A Robeson County veterinarian is recovering after a portion of his lower lip and face were bitten off by a pit bull after he gave the dog a rabies shot.

Dr. David Earl Brooks of Pembroke Veterinary Hospital was vaccinating animals at a clinic on Thursday at the White House Fire Department in Fairmont when he approached a car, gave a pit bull inside it a shot and was then attacked by the dog, according to Dr. Sonya Chavis with Pembroke Veterinary Hospital.

Brooks was taken to a hospital in Lumberton and then flown to New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington, Chavis said. He was released Friday afternoon after undergoing surgery and is "in good spirits." She said he plans to be back at work on Tuesday.

Brooks may have to have additional reconstructive surgeries to further repair the damage, Chavis said.

We are working to gain more information about the dog that bit Brooks.